Two local drag racers won track championships at the Magic City International Dragway in Minot, N.D., this year.
Willie Forrest continued to thrive at the track by winning the modified elapsed time (ET) division. Driving a front engine nostalgia dragster, he finished in top spot with 1,900 points. Forrest won one event this year, and was the runner-up in another.
He was also eliminated in the third round of one program, the second round in two events, and the first round in one competition.
Forrest also won six consecutive championships in Minot's junior dragster division.
He has been racing in the modified ET class since 2011.
Amanda Wilson captured the championship in the junior dragster division in her fourth and final year in that class. She said she was in top spot for most of this season until the Motor Magic weekend, when she wound up about 200 points behind the leader with one program remaining.
But she reached the final of the last event of the season, which she lost to her sister, Ashley. The other challengers for the track title were eliminated from the competition early on. That allowed her to rally and secure the necessary points for the title.
Wilson comes from a racing family. Her father and her younger sisters are also drag races, and they have raced at various locations in the Prairies and the northern mid-west U.S.